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Maybe heaven shined upon you, and you finally got that Bissel rug cleaner you've NOT been wanting

I don't know about you, but my experience with items from under the Christmas tree has been mixed, at best. Ditto for those anniversary and birthday surprises. If there's one thing that is apparent, however, it's that those big, flashy, professionally wrapped boxes are the ones that should be viewed with suspicion. Kay Jewett

Chances are, you've just become the recipient of an Oster blender, a pasta machine, or some other wondrous gift designed to keep you in the kitchen. One Christmas, I actually unwrapped a huge, black, wrought-iron frying pan. My first thought was that it would make a good weapon to use on someone who would give me a huge, black, wrought-iron frying pan.

Maybe heaven shined upon you, and you finally got that Bissel rug cleaner you've NOT been wanting. Maybe your husband/boyfriend/significant other maxed out the Visa card on a real fur jacket you innocently admired last fall (and may visions of spray paint dance in your head.) And what about that tool chest, guys? So what if you don't own a screwdriver or know the difference between a drill bit and a corkscrew? It will look nice on the work bench you don't have.

Such musings bring me to my point, which, of course, is that the best things come in small packages. A promise, for instance, is a small but sacred thing. As a gift, it should satisfy a need that can be either emotional or practical. Take some time and think it through. Remember that the best gifts make the recipient feel good.

Instead of giving desperation gifts like the ones at the beginning of this list, commit to doing something for someone less fortunate. It doesn't have to be a big thing. It could, in fact, be just a helping hand. Give of yourself, and it will be appreciated.

The human heart isn't so big. Give yours to someone. Promise to cherish and honor them forever — it's the best gift of all, and it can be renewed again and again.

Happy holidays, everybody!

Kay can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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